(approx) 1 Hour
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Merideth: If you're looking for an affordable and effective way to upgrade the intake on your 2021 or newer 3.6-liter Gladiator, this RedRock Cold Air Intake in Textured Black will be a great option to take a look into. Now, this intake will do a great job at relieving a lot of that restriction that your factory air box brings to the table, increasing the airflow for better fuel efficiency and horsepower and torque numbers. Not only will this be an upgrade in flow, but to optimize your filtration keeping the air coming into the intake cleaner for better longevity out of your engine. Not to mention, this will give your engine bay a super sporty look for whenever you pop the hood.Now, getting into the construction compared to the stock air box, this will be a lot different with a more open design. Now, this will have a heat shield that's going to protect the filter from hot engine bay air, but I would keep in mind that this is still susceptible to water, making this great for somebody that's more in a drier climate or not doing a lot of water fording or mudding. However, even though it lacks a little bit of protection, this filter is going to be a huge upgrade and all of that open space is going to allow a lot of air in.Now, this will get rid of the paper filter element, replacing it with a high-flow filter that you'll be able to clean and reoil, saving you a bit of cash in the long run. This will also have an aluminum intake tube with a black textured powder coat protecting the aluminum underneath from any corrosion, but also just creating a more aggressive look whenever you pop the hood.This will be roughly $175 and it's very affordable in comparison to some other options on the page. Now, other choices on the site will go up and down in price depending on their design, which will make a difference depending on what you're looking for or what you're looking to do with your Gladiator.Now, something simplistic like this will usually be more on the cost-effective side, and it's gonna have a no-fuss design that's very straightforward, perfect for somebody who really doesn't need all those extra bells and whistles. Now, some of those more expensive choices may have some extra bells and whistles, and they may provide a little bit more protection with a closed air box design pretty similar to the factory. Overall, I like the fact that this has a no-frill design. It gives the engine bay a good aesthetic while being a functional upgrade and is going to save you a couple of bucks in the long run.Now, install is a very easy one out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter, taking you about an hour to get the job done with some basic hand tools. At this point, we can head over to the shop to show you a detailed breakdown of the install. So, that's gonna wrap it up for me. Let's go ahead and get into it.Man: The tools you'll need for this installation include, an electric or regular ratchet, 8, 10, and 14-millimeter sockets, socket extension, diagonal cutters, and a trim removal tool. How's going, guys? Today, we have a cold air intake we're gonna install on our Jeep Gladiator. So, let's get started with the uninstall under the hood.All right. We're gonna start the uninstall by removing the intake air temperature sensor here and the three Christmas trees located one, two, and three using our trim removal tool. So, to remove the intake air temperature sensor, just put your trim removal tool underneath this tab here, and then turn the sensor counterclockwise.All right. Once it won't spin anymore, you just have to give it a little wiggle and pull it straight out. And then just kind of keep that safer now as we're gonna be reusing it and putting it back in our aftermarket intake tube. For the Christmas tree clips here, simply just pry them out with your trim removal tool. All right. Okay. Let's just set this aside somewhere safe. Next, we're gonna disconnect the crankcase vent tube here. And to remove this, press on this gray tab here and slide it back.Now we're gonna remove these two bolts on top of the radiator shroud here, as well as loosen this clamp up here. These two bolts on top of the radiator shroud are 10 millimeters. And to loosen up our hose clamp, we need our 8-millimeter socket to remove our 10-millimeter bolts here and keep them safe. Now we're gonna move on over to the air box and remove a bolt, then we'll be able to take out the whole air intake. This bolt here secures our air box to the fender. To remove it, we're using our 10-millimeter socket.Put that to the side for later. With all the components and hardware removed from our air intake, we can now get it out the truck. The last thing we have to do is just pull the mounting studs out of the grommets from the bottom underneath the air intake box here, and then remove the hose from the throttle body. All right. Grab right here on the air box and pull up to remove those studs from the grommets. And then over here on the hose, pull that off of the throttle body and then you can lift straight up and out.All right. So, we have our factory intake box on our workbench. If these didn't come off or didn't stay in your Gladiator, we're gonna have to remove these from our air intake box as they are going on our RedRock intake heat shield. So, just use your trim removal tool, pry from underneath, and they come right off.So, we're at our workbench right now. We have our new air intake laid out here, and there's a couple of things we have to do for pre-assembly before we put it into our Jeep. So, let's get started putting together our heat shield. We've got our heat shield and our edge trim here, and we're just gonna unwind this and slowly route it around the edge of our heat shield here until we get all the way to the other side.So, this stuff can be a little bit of a pain in the butt to work with, but if you kind of bend it back as you are putting pressure, it does slide on a little bit easier that way. And when you come to a hard turn like this on a 90-degree angle, it helps a little bit if you start the next edge first, like the next side, like so, and then come back and fit the corner.So, as you can see, when we reached the end here, we do have a little bit extra so we can trim that off. So, to trim off the extra, I'm using a pair of diagonal cutters and the bottom part here is metal. So you might have to, you know, cut it in two different cuts there. So, I like to cut the metal first and then cut the soft part.All right. Just make sure you don't have any sharp edges to clean up. Fit this the rest of the way on. All right. And now we're gonna install our mounting studs. Now we're gonna be installing our mounting studs here on our heat shield, and these are gonna mount right through these holes here. So, we need mounting studs, the 2 bolts that come included with the kit, 2 locking washers, and our 14-millimeter socket. Let's take a bolt and a locking washer, put those together, and we're gonna slide our bolt through the bottom here and screw our mounting stud on. All right. We're gonna do the same thing for the other one.All right. Once we got those screwed on by hand, I'm gonna take our 14-millimeter and just tighten these down. Okay. Now we're gonna move on to the pre-assembly of our air intake tube. For the rest of the assembly of our heat shield, we're gonna take our air intake adapter, the flex coupler, and one of the warm gear clamps here, and an 8-millimeter socket. And I'll show you how this goes together. So, we're gonna take our air intake adapter here and put it on the inside of our heat shield.So, we're gonna put our coupler over top and fasten it down with our clamp. So, you can either put the clamp on the adapter first or on our coupler. I'm gonna put it on our coupler first. I think it just makes it a little easier. Make sure it's loose enough so that you can slide the coupler over the adapter. All right. Now, this is what holds the adapter in place, so make sure this is seated up against the air box. So, just make sure you push it up nice and tight. Once that's in position, take your 8-millimeter socket and tighten down this clamp.Now, we can move on to our air intake tube. Take your air intake tube and the grommet that is included in the kit, and let's place this in the hole here on our air intake tube. This is where our air temperature sensor is gonna go into. So, just make sure this is seated properly, and if you push it through a little bit too much like I did, go from the inside and just press it out a little bit.All right. Lastly, for our heat shield, we wanna take the grommets that we took off of our factory air box and put them on our mounting studs. Now we're ready to start installing our RedRock cold air intake into our Jeep. So, let's start with the heat shield and place this in its mounting location. All right. Before we put our heat shield in place, let's remove this bolt so we can install our rubber-mounted bracket here. And to remove this bolt, we're using our 10-millimeter socket. All right. With that bolt out, let's go ahead and screw our rubber-mounted bracket in place.All right. Just make sure that's snug by hand. Next, we're gonna take our heat shield, and this will be one of the points to mount our heat shield. With your heat shield, make sure that your mounting studs here with the grommets line up in the two holes that are in the brace that run across here. All right. Once you have them lined up, just push down firmly to make sure that's seated appropriately. And then also that rubber mounted stud that we just installed, just make sure that goes through the hole in the side of our heat shield.All right. Once you have the heat shield in all its mounting locations, take the included hardware, flat washer, and locking nut, put that on by hand and then tighten that down with your 10-millimeter socket. We're ready to put our intake pipe in place. So, you wanna grab the pipe, the silicone coupler, and 3 clamps along with your 8-millimeter socket. Let's take our coupler, put it over our throttle body, make sure that it's seated all the way down. Then we'll take one of our clamps, tighten that in place. Just make sure that your clamp is nice and square on your coupler.Next, we'll take another clamp, put that on our flex coupler. And while we're at it, let's go ahead and slide our other clamp over the throttle body coupler. We can take our pipe in this orientation, slide it into place. And on the heat shield side here, I'm actually pushing the coupler on from the inside. Makes it a little easier. It's pretty sticky. Once it's seated properly, go ahead and take your 8-millimeter and tighten down your clamps.So, this clamp was a little off, so make sure that you're over the tube as you're tightening down, make sure it's secured properly. Now we can install our air filter, grab the big clamp as well. Slide that over the air filter, and then over the air filter adapter. And again, tighten that clamp down with your 8-millimeter. With our pipe in place, we can now reattach our air vent hose, slide that on. And now we can move on to our air temperature sensor.All right. We're gonna reinstall our air intake temperature sensor here. So, what we're gonna do is insert it into this grommet here, and just make sure that the O-ring on the sensor is fully seated inside of the grommet. It's a tight fit to keep it, you know, sealed properly. So, just be patient with it, wiggle it around, kind of angle it. And then once your tab is up against the grommet, you know that it is seated properly.That's gonna complete this review and install of the RedRock Cold Air Intake in Textured Black for your '20 and newer Gladiator 3.6-Liter JT. Thank you for watching. And for all things Gladiator, keep it right here at extremeterrain.com.
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